Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Working Larger

My first challenge of 2012 was to paint larger using the encaustic medium, and this piece is my newest addition to the Water Life series.

"Turbulent Seas", 30" x 60" diptych, encaustic on panel

Note to self: if I am going to work larger painting with wax then I need to have much larger quantities of encaustic medium.

I had ordered additional medium for this project because I knew coating both of the 30" x 30" panels with 3 layers prior to adding pigment would require plenty of wax but I used up the entire 333 ml block before I even added any pigmented wax. Fortunately I had back up quantities but I never expected to use so much so quickly into the painting process. The other note to self was that I was grateful I had my torch for fusing because the heat gun covers a much smaller area and it took a long time to fuse the entire surface of both panels.

I used painters tape to protect the edges, I wanted to keep it clean looking because I do not plan on adding a frame, the cradled panel will frame itself.

After applying 3 layers of clear wax medium I am finally ready to add color.

Every addition of colored wax is combined with a layer of clear medium that is then fused with heat.
It's a building process and everything took much longer because of the size involved.

Now that I have completed this project, I am ready to start the next one with the same motivation to continue working larger, this next project will be a watercolor.


  1. Wow, your creativity is very motivating Robin, this is so beautiful.. thanks for sharing the steps involved..

  2. This is such an informative post! Encaustics is a mystery to me still... I admire you for exploring the medium and producing your gorgeous paintings. Each one is so unique and magical.

  3. It is amazing just how in depth this process of encaustic painting is! It came out beautifully and I look forward to your watercolor!

  4. I think my passion for the encaustic painting process translates when ever I talk (or type) about it, Padmaja. I love sharing the process!

    Katherine, it really is a fun medium... making art using a little bit of chemistry. I think what I like best about the medium is the translation of energy.

    Sherry, aren't all creative processes in depth and created by building layers? (I am looking forward to seeing the next stage of your current watercolor painting, too).

  5. I think I can finally post a comment; I'll just say this this looks great. Does the wax add a lot of weight to the piece(s)?

  6. Hi Hallie,
    The wax does add weight, plus the cradled panels have supports and they are quite heavy on their own. I still have to wire the back of this and will hope hanging isn't a problem. Glad to hear your computer is letting you connect again.

  7. I can't believe how large these are Robin! They are really beautiful and I'm sure they are incredibly impressive in person. I wish I could see them.

    I don't think I've ever seen an encaustic even close to this size. Well done.

  8. Working larger has definitely been something I avoided doing with wax, until now, Nancy. The only problems I have had to deal with is protecting the corners from cracking. Thanks.